Luca Sbisa disclosed Sunday that he has a groininjury, but that should not void the blockbuster trade that broughtstandout defenseman Chris Pronger to the Flyers, general manager PaulHolmgren said Sunday.
“It’s nothing serious, so it shouldn’t be anything to hold it up,”Holmgren said.
Ducks general manager Bob Murray could not be reached for comment.The 19-year-old Sbisa showed poise and promise as a rookie lastseason. On Friday, the Flyers sent the young defenseman, forwardJoffrey Lupul, two No. 1 draft picks, and a conditional third-roundselection to Anaheim for Pronger and minor-league forward Ryan Dingle.
Speaking Sunday from his temporary home in Stratford, N.J., Sbisasaid he had been bothered by a sore groin and said Anaheim wanted oneof its doctors to examine him shortly. He is waiting for the Ducks tocall with the examination date. The doctor is in Toronto, Sbisa said.
Sbisa said the groin pain started during training camp last year,“but I didn’t say a lot because I was trying to make the squad. Itwas good for a while, and then (the pain) was off and on” during theseason. “I don’t think it’s a big deal.”
He said Flyers trainer Jim McCrossin told him that even if he needssurgery, it should not prevent him from being ready for the start ofthe 2009-10 season.